Losing weight in theory is easy. All you have to do is burn more calories than what you eat. If your deficit is 3,500 calories in a week, you’ll lose one pound. The problem is there are many more factors at play that can affect weight loss than just calories, such as emotions, stress, illness, hormones, menstruation, etc. So it is not easy. However, with determination (or stubbornness), dedication, healthy eating and exercising, and a plan to put it all together, it is possible to lose weight and get down to your goal. Losing weight is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise so what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat are of paramount importance. Exercising is important though because it does help burn off calories, but more importantly, it develops muscle and muscle takes more calories to support than fat. Your exercise program should not only include cardio training, but also strength training – at least two days per week, but not in succession as muscles need a day in-between to repair themselves. An ideal program would be one where you do cardio four days per week and strength training two days with each session being between 30 to 60 minutes per day; rest on the seventh day. Let’s get started and see how to magage weight in a safe and healthy manner.